Prior to surgery I had no bowel issues. Post surgery had MAJOR issues with all the drugs and stuff I was pumped with. And yes......stool softeners were recommended and used. (Was a mess for 5 days of no relief- on top of the excrutiating pain I was in.)
2 1/2 weeks post-op (3 level ACDF) and I haven't taken the narcotic for almost a week. I am having left sided numbness- which is also a post-op thing and will hopefully resolve itself over time.
I am wondering if the left sided numbness could be part of the problem with the bowel issues.
Anyone else experience this? Thanks in advance for your responses.